The Book Nook is my little place to talk about (not to be insanely obvious here…) books. Because I like to read a book every year or so. I promise I won’t give anything away (but, things happen). And, there is a 76% chance that you’ll find this review a complete waste of time because you read the book 10 years ago. Moving on.
THE BOOK: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
My thoughts (which most likely carry little to no influence):
This book was fantastic. I was astonished with how well Wally (we are already on a first name basis) could crawl inside the mind of a 14 year old girl. The main character, Dolores, is hysterically clever yet so painfully wounded that she roped me in as her best bud by the end of the first page. It’s a beautiful (with a large side of bitter) coming of age story, beginning in 1956. Her little family is made up of people with sorta the right intentions who inevitably let their faults (the size of the San Andreas) overtake them. She is left alone to defend for herself, eventually ballooning into a terribly overweight girl that hates herself completely but holds out a glimmer of hope that she just might deserve something better. Her journey is nutty, sad, hilarious, but in a surprising way…relatable. Does Dolores ever get set free from her demons? You’ll have to wait and read. Or just catch me off guard and ask. Anyway, I’m officially a HUGE Wally fan. His writing is, like, the bomb diggity. And you can quote me on that.
Would I recommend it to a stranger on the bus (trying to make his way home)? Yes. Name that tune and you win a free car. My car. Which has no air conditioning.
What I am reading now: The House of Sand and Fog. I know. It’s so old school. Be on the watch for my review in 2012.
Read any good books lately?? Spill The Beans (pretty please).